Ballot Initiatives

2021

Voter's Guide 

 

How to Vote

You may vote from April 19 to April 22. Go to https://vote.as.ucsb.edu/, and follow the directions. The link is also provided on the UCSB GOLD system when you log in. You may vote on any device with Internet access. Any difficulty voting should be reported to votehelp@as.ucsb.edu.

 

Voter Turnout Requirements 

A minimum of 20 percent voter turnout is required for the election to be considered valid. A reaffirmation passes by simple majority, 50% + one of the voters vote “yes.”


Arts & Lectures Graduate Student Fee Initiative (Reaffirmation) | GSA

Each year, Arts & Lectures presents over 150 events, including films, lectures, residency workshops, and performances by world-class artists and influential speakers. Notable figures include Joe Biden, Jake Shimabukuro, Trevor Noah, Yo-Yo Ma, Jeff Goldblum, Tarana Burke, and Samantha Bee. With continued support, Arts & Lectures can maintain

1) an array of events to students with discounted ticket prices (up to 65% off the general ticket price);

2) a selection of performances, lectures, and films (up to 20 events a year) at no additional cost to students;

3) student employment opportunities; and

4) classroom visits, master classes, meet-the-artists discussions, and workshops with featured artists and lecturers.

This fee of $7.56 per graduate student per quarter (including summer) ensures that UC Santa Barbara graduate students have access to the same student ticket discounts as undergraduates. Without the fee, Arts & Lectures will be unable to offer graduate students discounted ticket prices. If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2025. 


GSA Emergency Relief Grant Fund (Reaffirmation) | GSA

This fee of $4.08 per graduate student per quarter (excluding summer) maintains a relief fund for registered UC Santa Barbara graduate students experiencing financial difficulty. The fund provides up to $1,000 per student per academic quarter, including summer. Students may receive a maximum of two awards during their academic tenure.

Revenue is accrued to the UC Santa Barbara Graduate Student Association (GSA) and is administered by an Emergency Relief Fund Advisory Board consisting of graduate students, faculty, and staff. The Advisory Board determines policies and procedures governing eligibility and issuance of these emergency relief grants following existing university policies. If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2025. 


Graduate Student Night and Weekend Parking (Reaffirmation) | GSA

This of $5.00 per graduate student per quarter (excluding the summer) allows parking on campus Monday through Friday from 5:00 pm until 7:30 am the following day and all day Saturday and Sunday. During these hours (and only during these hours), you may park in Faculty & Staff Parking and Visitor & Student Parking. If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2025. 


Graduate Student Fellowship Internship (Reaffirmation) | GSA

Over the past three years, the Graduate Student Internship Fellowship has awarded over 18 fellowships to support graduate students’ essential career opportunities. These annual fellowships of $2,000-2,500 have been awarded to students from various backgrounds and interests: Ph.D. and Master’s students from STEM, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Fine Arts backgrounds. 

This quarterly fee of $1.65 per graduate student, assessed every fall, winter, and spring quarters, supports graduate students in gaining valuable career experiences outside the academy. Without it, students report that they have to TA or stay on campus because they can’t afford a low-paying or non-paying internship. Fellowship recipients have shared that the internship fellowship boosted their resume, expanded their networks, and opened up an array of job opportunities after graduate school. If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2025. 


Conference Travel Grant Fund (Reaffirmation) | GSA

This fee of $4.28 (including summer) per graduate student per quarter creates a fund available to all graduate students via an application for conference travel grants. It also allows GSA to grant roughly forty-five $200 travel grants to graduate students each quarter. If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2025. 


Student Medical Emergency Relief Fund (Reaffirmation) | GSA

This fee of $0.89 per student per quarter, including the summer, augments the approximately $2,500 per year generated from interest on the “Jack Canfield Chicken Soup Fund.” The Canfield fund provides monetary assistance to a limited number of students experiencing medical emergencies. The SMERF fee creates additional funds for students unable to cover emergency medical, dental, or optical care costs. The fund supplements existing insurance coverage and/or helps students meet costs of procedures not covered by insurance. The fund is governed by a board consisting of student and career staff representing several student services.  The committee meets with applicants once a week to review their requests. During the 2019-20 year, 67 students applied for a grant from the SMERF fund and received a total of $72,002.43 toward their medical, dental, and optical emergencies. If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2025. 


Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS, formerly Counseling Services) and Career Services Support Fee | CEC

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) currently collects an additional: $40.58 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter (including summer), collected through a campus lock-in fee, for a total of $43.27 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter to support CAPS. Career Services currently collects an additional: $17.09 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter (including the summer), collected through a campus lock-in fee, for a total of $20.25 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter to support Career Services.

This fee of $5.85 ($2.69 goes to CAPS, $3.16 goes to Career Services) per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter, including the summer, provides funds to maintain service levels for Counseling & Psychological Services and Career Services. Reaffirmation of this fee will allow supporting psychologist positions, support staff, various services, and budget permitting avoid co-payments and reduced hours, support employer outreach and engagement, professional career counseling/coaching services, and financial resources that enable us to maintain and expand our current service levels. If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2025. 


Health & Wellness Programs Fee | CEC

Health & Wellness offers many research-based programs that reach a substantial number of UC Santa Barbara students. This fee of $7.13 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter, including the summer, allows Health & Wellness to fund the staff necessary to continue student-centered and student-requested programs on topics such as sex and relationships, healthy eating, drugs, stress-reduction techniques such as mindfulness practice, sleep, and positive psychology. The internship and advocate program provides professional training and leadership certification for as many as 330 students each year. Annually, Health & Wellness staff and interns facilitate over 90 workshops per quarter. These workshops include food and cooking workshops (Food, Nutrition and Basic Skills, UCSB Cooks, and cooking coaches) for more than 300 students, distribution of healthy snacks, and other events such as Dog Therapy Day, HIV Testing, Sleep Challenge, Rejuvenation Station, Random Acts of Kindness, Sex Affair, and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. A reaffirmation of this fee will allow Health & Wellness to continue providing resources such as weekly massages, apples, and condoms to students at no additional cost. This fee preserves Health & Wellness services and helps UC Santa Barbara students thrive academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2025. 


Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity (WGSE) Support Fee, formerly known as the Women’s Center Support Fee
 | CEC

The Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity (WGSE) Support Fee helps maintain staff and programs including Campus Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resources (RCSGD); Women's Center programming; and Non-Traditional Student Services.

This fee of $8.17 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter, including the summer, maintains public spaces and online services and programs within the Women’s Center, CARE, Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD), and Non-Traditional Student Resource Center (e.g., libraries, study spaces, meeting rooms) through the addition of new technology, library acquisitions, and replacement of aging equipment. It also improves current WGSE programs and services such as:

1) Intervention, prevention, and healing services for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking;

2) 24-hour hotline for individuals in crisis;

3) Advocacy, resources, and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, nonbinary, intersex, and ally communities;

4) Student-initiated activities and events;

5) Student internships and employment opportunities;

6) Educational programming; and

7) Health and wellness resources, including menstrual and safer-sex products.

If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2025.